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chav

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noun Chiefly British Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a person who wears fashionable brands, flashy jewelry, etc., but is regarded as having bad or lower-class taste.

Origin of chav

1995-2000; perhaps < Romany chavo ‘boy, youth’ or chavi ‘baby, child’
Related formschav·ish, chav·vy, adjective
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Examples from the Web for chavvy

Historical Examples

  • He will come back, murmured Chavvy, in concordance with her leitmotif.

    Twos and Threes

    G. B. Stern

  • I decided it would be quite nice if Chavvy and I came to live with Esther.

    Twos and Threes

    G. B. Stern

  • And when this child Chavvy crept into my life, I let her remain, to fill the gap my daughter might have filled.

    Twos and Threes

    G. B. Stern

  • A weird child, yet with something strangely attractive about her, would have been Chavvy as visualized by Chavvy.

    Twos and Threes

    G. B. Stern

  • He turned to his own matrimonial aspects: Chavvy will be perfectly happy with you and Esther, I suppose.

    Twos and Threes

    G. B. Stern


British Dictionary definitions for chavvy

chav

noun
  1. Southern English informal, derogatory a young working-class person whose tastes, although sometimes expensive, are considered vulgar by some
Derived Formschavish, adjective

Word Origin

perhaps from Romany chavi a child
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Word Origin and History for chavvy

chav

n.

British slang, "antisocial youth," by 2004, of unknown origin.

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